Naples until today has been famous for the problems related to garbage, from this moment on it will be famous for the discovery of the local CNR, a bacterium capable of eating waste and producing energy. The bacterium is called "thermotoga neapolitan" and will transform waste from problem to resource. The discovery was made by Dr. Agata Gambacorta's team who has been conducting field research since 2008.
A little over a month ago, the so-called "Green Pope", Benedict XVI, gave his resignation. As everyone will know by now, the Catholic world has chosen its new leader, he is Cardinal of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the first Pope of Latin America. His predecessor traveled aboard an electric car and was known as the Green Pope because during a speech he stressed the importance of responsible management of natural resources as a wish of God.
Few lights and many shadows on atmospheric pollution in Italy, a cause of mortality and hospitalization among the population more than you think. The smog problem is serious but the actions are weak, so we need to make serious reasoning and take a stand, even by signing the petition promoted by ParentsAntiSmog (the link at the bottom of the article), so that Europe imposes on our country compliance at least with Community rules.
Robots are replacing humans in industries, they have become such a massive phenomenon that you just need a 3D printer to build a human-like one. There are robots as small as ants, for example, Harvard University developed the Micro Air Vehicles drone to study the mind of bees.
Coal-fired power plants could join the clean energy team. Are you wondering how? Is there a way to capture the CO2 released by burning coal. The carbon dioxide, thus captured, should be stored without harming the climate and the environment. Alternatively, there is a way to produce energy from coal without the combustion process.
Around the world, developers are working on ever more efficient batteries. A plausible path would see the entry into the field of lithium-air batteries, according to the American company IBM, lithium-air batteries would guarantee electric cars a range of 800 kilometers. With advantages of this kind, the interest of homes is strong Automotive: Japan's Toyota has signed an agreement with Germany's BMW to design and develop lithium-air batteries that would allow electric cars to travel at least 500 kilometers per charge.
The Alessi for Children charity campaign launched last Christmas by the well-known homeware company Alessi has reached and exceeded the ambitious goal of raising 200,000 euros to start a family home for abandoned children in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Illycaffè represents Italy in the 2013 ranking of the world's most ethical companies 'World's Most Ethical Companies' prepared by Ethisphere, an international organization specialized in the creation, development and sharing of best practices at the level of corporate ethics, governance, anti-corruption and sustainability measures.
Polychlorobiphylenes are a class of highly polluting organic compounds whose toxicity is comparable to that of dioxin. The polychlorinated biphylenes, also known by the abbreviation PCB, are dramatically known in the Brescia area: Brescia and Anniston (USA) represent the major cases worldwide of PCB contamination in water and soil.
Everything you need to know about carbon fiber is contained in this article! The material Carbon fiber, more rarely called "graphite filament", is an ultralight, rigid and extremely strong material. It has all the credentials to replace steel and is used in the production of high-performance vehicles such as racing cars, bicycles, airplanes or more commonly used for the production of sports equipment: tennis rackets, fishing rods ... Discovery Carbon fiber was developed in 1958, at a laboratory in Claveland, Ohio, although the first real production development was made in 1963 in a British laboratory, this is where the strengths of this material were highlighted. .
It is no secret that China is facing devastating levels of pollution, one of the worst situations in the world. Over the past 30 years, China has become the largest nitrogen producer in the world: the number of cars on the road has increased about twenty times, the use of fertilizer has tripled while the amount of livestock raised as well as the burning of coal is quatrupled.
Vehicle exhaust gases, and in particular metal pollution, endanger the life of bees and other pollinators. In Italy, to safeguard the well-being of bees, the use of some pesticides has been banned, today a research published in the journal Enviromental Pollution highlights that pesticides are not the only threat to the well-being of hives but above all they are toxic substances such as small amounts of metals.
The IESK, a German research institute for social sciences, launches a survey with the theme "Supply and quality of drinking water" and to obtain a large number of responses is giving away 3 iPads and 50 among all participants Amazon vouchers each worth 20 Euros.
In the panorama of the green economy, the most heated debates occur when it comes to biofuels and wind energy. These energy sources have "side effects" but in both cases the research is making great strides, in particular, with biofuels we have witnessed a real excursus: from the more classic biofuels from corn to biofuels from galactan, without forgetting the possibility of producing biofuels by exploiting waste.
There are those who do everything to keep away from industrial products, buy organic foods and then maybe cook them in non-stick pans. For the production of non-stick pans, perfluoroactanic acid or Pfoa is used, which in the United States, in 2006, was labeled as "probable carcinogen".
Several countries try to agree to limit carbon dioxide emissions so that the temperature increase does not exceed 2 degrees compared to the average value of 1850. But this threshold is not sure, according to researchers from the University of Copenhagen with a study published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Science, the effects of climate change could occur even if the average temperature does not exceed 2 degrees.
Ecological detergents differ from traditional ones, due to the absence of chemical dangers. Traditional detergents could raise the rate of household pollution both for the bulk of the plastic in the containers and for the chemicals that could be harmful especially for children.
From left: Enzo Argante (journalist), Luisa De Marco (president of EOS Fiera), Debora Serracchiani (president of the Friuli Region), Giovanni Da Pozzo (Chamber of Commerce of Udine), Mario Tozzi (geologist and TV presenter) Greenwashing, what does it mean? This word was coined not so long ago to describe the action of 'misappropriating environmental virtues', that is, using the green to wash one's hands, as well as one's conscience, diverting attention from responsibility and damage (even very serious ) towards the environment.
The fabric that generates energy is nothing new in the field of sustainable innovations, researchers at the University of Dallas, Texas know something about it. The research team, already in 2011, managed to develop a particular spray that when applied to any fabric gave it the ability to generate electricity.
Lithium-ion batteries are accumulators commonly used in consumer electronics. When it comes to rechargeable batteries, lithium-ion batteries offer the best weight / power ratio. The density of lithium batteries is equal to 200Wh / kg, in the laboratories of the globe new technologies are being worked on, other lithium batteries are born, these are lithium-air batteries that carry a theoretical maximum density of 3450Wh / kg.
When it comes to lithium batteries, the latest news comes from Germany. New features include higher density and greater efficiency. The new lithium batteries will be able to support over 10 thousand complete charge cycles, guaranteeing more than 85 percent of the initial capacity. A team of developers from the "Accumulator Material Research Department" developed the new lithium batteries. ”Of the Ulm, in particular the Research Center for Solar and Hydrogen Energy (ZSW).